Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s last of act of love before her death was setting the stage for her husband’s life without her — through a column in the New York Times.

On March 3, 2017, Rosenthal, a bestselling children’s author and filmmaker, wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Times’ “Modern Love” column, “You May Want to Marry My Husband.” It’s one of the most touching articles you’ll ever read.

It appeared ten days before her death from ovarian cancer. A heartbreaking, wry, brutally honest, and creative play on a personal ad in which a dying wife encourages her husband to go on and find happiness after her demise. The column quickly went viral, reaching more than five million people worldwide.

In an inspiring memoir of life, loss and new beginnings, My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me (Harper Collins), Jason B. Rosenthal describes what came next: his commitment to respecting Amy’s wish, even as he struggled with her loss. Surveying his life before, with, and after Amy, Jason ruminates on love, the pain of watching a loved one suffer, and what it means to heal — how he and their three children, despite their profound sorrow, went on.

Jason’s emotional journey offers insights on dying and death and the excruciating pain of losing a soulmate, and illuminates the lessons he learned.

As he reflects on Amy’s gift to him — a fresh start to fill his empty space with a new story — Jason describes how he continues to honor Amy’s life and her last wish, and how he seeks to appreciate every day and live in the moment while trying to help others coping with loss.

A lawyer and real estate developer for much of his life, Jason says on the website for the Amy Krouse Rosenthal Foundation, “My family is what makes me who I am today. I was married to the most amazing woman for half of my life. We raised three incredible children. When my bride died after 26 years of marriage, I got in touch with real pain. I immediately reevaluated my life’s work. I had talked for years about whether my chosen career path gave me real fulfillment.”

“I am now the board chair of a non-profit organization created in Amy’s name. I am fueled by its mission to provide programs that encourage child literacy and funding for early detection of ovarian cancer. My future is a blank space waiting to be filled.”

My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me is the poignant, unreserved, and inspiring story of a great love, the aftermath of a marriage ended too soon, and how a surviving partner eventually found a new perspective on life’s joys in the wake of tremendous loss.

My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me is now available for purchase.

Jason B. Rosenthal is the number one New York Times bestselling author of Dear Boy, co-written with his daughter, Paris. He is the board chair of the Amy Krouse Rosenthal Foundation, which supports both childhood literacy and research in early detection of ovarian cancer. A lawyer, public speaker, and devoted father of three, he is passionate about helping others find ways to fill their blank spaces as he continues to fill his own. Jason resides in Chicago, a city he is proud to call home.